Ugu, ruling party didn’t heed water warnings

2015-11-12 06:00

THE unprecedented water crisis we have just experienced cannot be blamed on a major natural disaster. The severe El Niño exacerbating climate change are factors that citizens should be able to expect Ugu and provincial and national government to be capable of foreseeing and acting upon of their own accord.

But no, even with the advantage of warnings years ago, and more fervently, many months ago from experts outside the ANC, no effort was made to prepare for this catastrophe which came as a shock to uninformed citizens.

As usual, we, the taxpayers, suffer the financial burden of damages ranging from the health hazards, especially threatening the poor who have resorted to drinking heavily polluted river water, through a further weakened economy and on to corroded geysers, plumbing and fittings.

Instead of an apology and an assurance that the blundering behind the water crisis will be independently investigated and the findings made public, the ANC goes on the usual blustering offensive, desperately trying to shift blame. This disaster has been attributed variously to apartheid, the IFP and “agents”.

Ugu spokesman, France Zama, evidently in characteristic denial, responded by “warning our communities against certain elements within our society which thrive on peddling false information during a crisis in order to take advantage of the plight of our communities” and stated further that “we (Ugu) will continue with the supply of water to areas within the HCM as per our mandate as the water services authority demands of us”.

Surely Zama cannot possibly believe that this is a true statement? Our water supply was practically useless and there were in fact cuts in supply such as in Uvongo (which perhaps was a regular failure not related to the salt crisis). Arrant misinformation coming from an ANC spokesman is certainly not unexpected, but that does not make it tolerable.

If our rulers had any sense of justice, they would apologise and reimburse ratepayers for damages to geysers, appliances, plumbing and septic tanks, and drop charges for at least 300 litres of salt water per household that will be wasted in urgently flushing our geysers and entire household systems. But no again, the ANC will not acknowledge reason.

It reacts only to violent demonstrations. So much for its feigned interest in the people.

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As usual, we, the taxpayers, suffer the financial burden of damages ranging from the health hazards, especially threatening the poor who have resorted to drinking heavily polluted river water, through a further weakened economy and on to corroded geysers, plumbing and fittings.

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